I Built It For Me


I received this email yesterday in regards to Pressgram being only iOS currently:

You are NOT even in business until you launch Android ability.  Crawl back in your narrow-minded hole and don’t come out until you join the rest of the world who have never drank the Apple KoolAid.

Uncharacteristically, I chose to respond to this ignorance with this:


I’m actually taking a moment to respond to this despite the fact that it’s probably not in my best interest to do so.

I have explained much of my position here: https://john.do/android-assemble/

This isn’t about one platform versus another necessarily – it’s about my limited experience and my limited resources (financial and time).

Your are not the first to lambast me (privately and publicly for others) and I’m sure it won’t be the last. If you even have the slightest idea of what it takes to launch a startup and new venture I think you’d take your hurtful words back. Honestly, I think you have no idea what it’s like to do something like this and in that way I can overlook this and generally ignore it.

I am not dogmatic about iOS nor have I downed the Apple KoolAid towards intoxication – I have simply chosen to build an app for the current device that I own and “scratch my own itch.”

And that’s really the crux – if you knew the story behind this (you can read that here: http://pressgr.am/story/) then you can see that I obviously didn’t build this JUST for you… i built it for ME. That changed, though, and I’m doing the very best that I can to do as much as I possibly can as fast as I can without killing myself, getting divorced, or disenfranchising my two daughters.

Have a great weekend.


I wish I could saddle up alongside every single person who’s sent me hateful and hurtful emails about my decision to build an iOS app in the beginning. It’s as if I’ve personally offended these people by not building them an app for their needs right out of the gate.

I know that we, as humans, are incredibly selfish – I myself am incredibly self-centered and ego-centric. The internet showcases this unlike any other medium imaginable and allows us to say things that we would never say IRL, face-to-face, in-person.

What I really wanted to say to Kurt was, at it’s core, just this:

Kurt, I didn’t build this for you, I built this for me.

I think this showcases, equally, the self-centered nature of both sides of the argument. I built Pressgram, originally, for my own use. I feel incredibly fortunate and blessed with the opportunity to share that passion and my work with others. I do not owe this to any man (or woman) nor do they owe me anything in return. I did this because I wanted to and people download it and use it because they want to.

It’s an opt-in transaction and relationship. There wasn’t a gun to my head forcing me to share it with others and there isn’t one at the heads of those who decide to download it. I think we all get it so twisted when we begin to believe that artists, creatives (e.g. software developers) should have had our own specific interests in mind when they first started building the app.

How ridiculous. How ludicrous. How insane and self-centered. How… … … … typical, how human.